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Back to school: Here's how to show teacher appreciation with Staples

Educators and schools can win money through rewards and sweepstakes

(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) (Associated Press)

ORLANDO, Fla. – Teachers constantly give time, money and resources to help their students succeed, now an office-supplies retailer is lending them a hand. 

Staples is offering $10,000 in gift cards for 10 schools through its Thank a Teacher Sweepstakes, which is open until Sept. 14. Educators can be nominated through a Twitter or Instagram post that includes the hashtags #ThankaTeacher and #Sweepstakes. The post must also tag @StaplesStores.

Students and parents can also show teacher appreciation through the company's new rewards program. Through its website, Classroom Rewards allows parents to give 5% of their back-to-school purchases to a teacher or school until Sept. 15. The recipient of their choice will receive up to $250 through Staples Rewards. Teachers or schools can earn $5 for enrolling in the program. 

The rewards from Staples don't stop there. From now until Aug. 3, all school supplies are 20% off with the purchase of a backpack. Elementary school teachers can buy fashion clipboards for $4, a 10-pack of markers for $2.99 and a four-pack of washable glue sticks for 97-cents.

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